I know the Perl
-p flag is counted as one byte. I've just added the Perl bignum library to my answer to make it shorter. I'm using it like this:
perl -p -Mbignum filename.pl. How many bytes does it count as?
People usually count
-p as one byte because
perl -pE has a distance of 1 to
perl -E (arguably the default). If you require reading the source code from a file for some reason,
-p would count as three bytes, as
perl -p file.pl has a distance of 3 to
perl -p -Mbignum file.pl has a distance of 9 to
perl -p file.pl, so it comes at a 9 byte score penalty.